From Page to Screen: Krypton – Season Two by Jerry Whitworth
Returning for a second season in 2019, Syfy’s Krypton depicted in its first season the arrival of Brainiac (Blake Ritson) to the eponymous planet and how General Zod (Colin Salmon) traveled back in time to stop the bottling of the city of Kandor (which, in the confines of the show, ultimately led to the destruction of the world) and conquered his homeworld for himself. Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), Superman’s grandfather in Krypton (based loosely on Seyg-El), fought alongside his secret lover Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell), his betrothed Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day), and his best friend Kem (Rasmus Hardiker) with General Zod (Seg and Lyta’s illegitimate son) to stop Brainiac as a time-traveling Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) tried to stop Zod to ensure Superman’s future. With Strange’s failure, history was changed with Superman being recognized as part of the House of Zod, Seg and Brainiac trapped in the Phantom Zone, Zod conquering Krypton with plans to expand its empire as his mother stands by his side, Earth was conquered by Zod, Doomsday is freed from his imprisonment, and the only resistance remaining to stop Zod is Nyssa, Black Zero terrorist leader Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham), Seg’s grandfather and former Phantom Zone prisoner Val-El (Ian McElhinney), and maybe Lyta’s mortally wounded mother Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogbomo). At San Diego Comic-Con International, some details of the show’s second season were announced including a time jump of several months, visits to the Phantom Zone and Brainiac’s homeworld Colu, learning more about Adam (which likely means Sardath and his daughter Alanna), and new characters coming to the show. Lets take a look at who has been announced thus far.
As a teenager, writer/artist Keith Giffen developed a character called Lunatik as a crazed anti-hero. When the time finally came for him to bring his creation to life in the comic series The Defenders, he left Marvel to work for DC Comics. While Lunatik came to be under a different artist, Giffen re-worked the concept slightly while paying homage to Marvel’s popular character Wolverine giving life to Lobo. A bounty hunter and last surviving Czarnian (thanks to his committing genocide on his own race for his high school science project), Lobo became a popular anti-hero often working for various peace keeping organizations or bringing criminals to justice for the right price. Exceedingly dangerous, Lobo shares physical similarities to Superman under a yellow sun in terms of strength and durability with hyper regenerative healing. However, he is also virtually immortal because when he has died, both Hell and Heaven have rejected him. The bounty hunter is also a genius, knowledgeable in microbiology and sophisticated space-faring mechanics as well as being able to speak 17,897 different languages. He also has an innate ability to track his targets even across several star systems. Known for his desire for wanton violence, Lobo is nonetheless honorable in the fact that he never breaks a promise or a contract.
When Superman liberated the Bottle City of Kandor from Brainiac, he stored it in his Fortress of Solitude as he tried to figure out how to return it to its normal size. From time-to-time, Superman visited the city by shrinking himself but due to its internal red sun, he would lose his super powers. On one occasion while investigating criminals he believed escaped the bottle to wreak havoc on Earth, Superman and Jimmy Olsen learned the former was the victim of a smear campaign alleging he knew how to restore Kandor to its former size but withheld it for selfish reasons. Needing to investigate the criminals without drawing the ire of the citizens, Superman and Jimmy donned costumed personas inspired by Batman and Robin with some aid from their Kandorian scientist friend Nor-Kann (who was a friend to Superman’s parents). However, as bats and robins didn’t exist on Krypton, they instead took the names Nightwing and Flamebird after similar animals that did live on Krypton. The duo proved successful and returned from time-to-time to operate under these new identities. At one point, Batman and Robin joined them on an adventure in Kandor which left such a strong impression on the latter, he decided to adopt the Nightwing name as an adult solo costumed adventurer (seeing Batman and Superman as something like co-fathers). In time, Superman passed over the Nightwing identity to his cousin and look-alike Van-Zee who aided Kal-El during these adventures and who was a member of the Superman Emergency Squad (a group of Kandorians led by another one of Superman’s cousins, Don-El, who would escape the bottle when Superman needed their help). Van-Zee was joined by Ak-Var, a former Phantom Zone prisoner who reformed and bore a resemblance to Jimmy Olsen. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, this history was completely revised.
Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Nightwing was revised as a folk legend of a costumed hero on Krypton told to a young Dick Grayson by Superman that inspired him to later adopt the name for himself. Later, when Kandor emerged post-Crisis, Nightwing and Flamebird were identities adopted by Power Girl and Supergirl respectively as they operated in secret in the city. Following Infinite Crisis, Nightwing and Flamebird were revised again as deities worshiped by the Kryptonians that were also costumed identities of Chris Kent (General Zod’s son adopted by Superman and Lois Lane) and Thara Ak-Var on New Krypton. In the last season of Supergirl, Thara Ak-Var (Esmé Bianco) was introduced as the titular character’s childhood friend that grew up to become the Chief Peace Officer of Argo City. It is yet known if the presence of Nightwing and Flamebird on Krypton will affect any plans for the characters on Supergirl.